Looking for Your Next Dream Outfit? Ethnic Thread is Here to Help

Ethnic Thread is mobile app for women to exchange ethnic fashion—they can sell, rent, or exchange with anyone who is interested in South Asian fashion, in the community.

Brides Can Drip in Jewels for Less, Thanks to Rent it Rani

I sincerely wish that I had known about Rent it Rani when I was a bride-to-be because it is a high-end jewelry rental service that ships anywhere in the continental United States.

Jai Jai Hooray: Make Cultural Learning Irresistible With a Set of 10 Flashcards About Hindu Deities

We recently fell in love with Jai Jai Hooray’s new 10-set flashcard collection and couldn’t be happier to share our experience with our friends at Brown Girl Magazine.

VGo Expands the Horizons of Bollywood Fusion with ‘EXPANSE’

Following rave reviews and warm reception from the desi dance network in North America, VGo is back with a vengeance and ready to release yet another EP entitled “EXPANSE.”

Dear Dad, Thank You for the Comedy

In we went. Together. For my interview. Dad in tow. Like my bodyguard.

Viral Poem ‘A Brown Girl’s Guide To Gender’ Speaks a Universal Truth

A powerful spoken word performance went viral when a student spoke out about the harassment and sexism women face every day.

Finding the Beauty in Your Live-In Relationship

The underrated concept of live-in relationships has made love an autonomous process, letting it take its responsibility in its own hands. It has made it a spontaneous process now. Love previously needed a time slot to be separately kept aside but now she is always around, humming in the kitchen or decorating the front porch, being a part of you by just being in your sight.

Menstrual Hygiene Day Diaries: Period Week, A Memoir

Happy Menstrual Hygiene Day! With the support of over 270 global partners, including the founding NGO WASH United, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the United Nations Children’s Fund, MH Day is annually celebrated on May 28th.

#TherapyTalk: I Stopped Making Excuses and Discovered I Wasn’t Alone

by Komal Kazim – Follow @kazimlikechasm When I mentioned it to my friend,…

‘How to Be a Muslim’ by Haroon Moghul Redefines What it Means to be an American Muslim Today

Through his openness, Moghul showcases vulnerability as an attribute, rather than a weakness which is admirable.

A Deeper Look into India’s Fair Skin Obsessed Beauty Standards

by Anonymous – Follow @browngirlmag Last month, there was controversy regarding the…

The Turmoil In India Following Indira Gandhi’s Assassination: A Memoir of Sikh Life Post 1984

With the absence of his hair, the turban was purposeless, as a crown is without a head. Papaji had never allowed his turban to touch the floor, or shoes. But now, it lay unraveled upon the floor by the dusty chappals, as a thing of the past. I watched as Papaji’s eyes flooded with tears that he refused to shed. I too, with tear stung eyes remained speechless midst this unfolding world of horror.

Move Over Turmeric, Because this Saffron Tea is the New Golden Milk in Town

I recreated the original saffron tea recipe and also added my own twist by making one with almond milk and honey.

Dear Dad, Thank You for the Comedy

In we went. Together. For my interview. Dad in tow. Like my bodyguard.

Viral Poem ‘A Brown Girl’s Guide To Gender’ Speaks a Universal Truth

A powerful spoken word performance went viral when a student spoke out about the harassment and sexism women face every day.

A Deeper Look into India’s Fair Skin Obsessed Beauty Standards

by Anonymous – Follow @browngirlmag Last month, there was controversy regarding the…

Punjabi Daughters: Reclaiming Value Through Art and Activism

When my Punjabi identity gets infused with my love of the arts, I feel a whirlwind of emotion; the possibilities that exist to create, to deconstruct, and to redefine the parameters of what it means to be a girl, a woman, a daughter within the Punjabi community are so exciting.

MannMukti: New Website for South Asians Struggling with Mental Health Issues

While there are plenty of resources available online, including research and how-to guides, very few cater to the needs of the South Asian population. MannMukti hopes to bridge that gap and increase awareness by providing resources, and by sharing experiences of people with mental illness through podcasts, an open forum, testimonials and more.

Miss USA Kara McCullough: Not as Woke as We’d Expect her to be

But when the tweets started flowing in, it turned out that the South Carolina State University-educated government scientist just isn’t as woke as we hoped she would be. Miss USA, we need to talk.

Wonder Woman: An Ode to Mothers

Small and slight, stands just five feet tall
But the immense power and strength she packs inside
Could crumble an imposing mammoth wall

Poem: ‘Relishing in Comfort’

When we find ourselves in the embrace of love and affection, we often forget to emphasize on the regular happenings of the day. The very bond between a couple that binds them in simplicity and unspoken understanding, is often overlooked and not so much given attention to.

Challenging Taboos: Muslim and Tattooed

Here are a few Muslims, who speak about their favorite ink and decision to get tattooed as weighed with their Islamic faith.

Scaachi Koul on ‘One Day… This Will Matter’: The Anthem Brown Girls Have Been Waiting For

Scaachi Koul’s book is a collection of fiercely witty and deeply vulnerable essays about growing up the daughter of Indian immigrants—and it’s a book most brown girls will relate to.

VGo Expands the Horizons of Bollywood Fusion with ‘EXPANSE’

Following rave reviews and warm reception from the desi dance network in North America, VGo is back with a vengeance and ready to release yet another EP entitled “EXPANSE.”

Punjabi Daughters: Reclaiming Value Through Art and Activism

When my Punjabi identity gets infused with my love of the arts, I feel a whirlwind of emotion; the possibilities that exist to create, to deconstruct, and to redefine the parameters of what it means to be a girl, a woman, a daughter within the Punjabi community are so exciting.

British-Asian Rapper TazZz has One ‘Epic Dream’

by Nila Choudhury – Follow @browngirlmag You may have heard TaZzZ produce…

‘Nina the Neighbourhood Ninja’ Proves Being a Superhero has no Bias in Gender or Race

As a child, I was obsessed with reading books, so I want…

#LooksLikeASurgeon: An Interview with Dr. Zarina Ali, Pennsylvania Hospital’s First Female Neurosurgeon

by Sruveera Sathi ­ – Follow @browngirlmag Our #WCW this week, Dr. Zarina…

In Conversation with ClassPass Founder Payal Kadakia

Payal Kadakia shared the vulnerability and truth of her entrepreneurial journey toward ClassPass at a LadyDrinks’ Fireside Chat in New York City.

Brown Girl of the Month Amrit Brar Draws the Occult for a Living

Amrit Brar is a first generation Punjabi-Canadian illustrator and writer who bounces…

Brown Boy of the Month Vikram Singh Khalsa is the ‘Amasingh’ Magician You Need to Meet

Children are constantly learning with each new experience so they are still open to the impossible, but adults have already established an understanding about how the world works. When magic causes them to question or doubt that understanding, they often don’t know how to react…A magician’s purpose is to give people a break from their daily lives by momentarily suspending their reality. I think, deep down, we all want to believe in magic.

Lilly Singh’s ‘How to be a Bawse’ is a New Take on Self-Help Worth Reading

Better known by her nom de plume, “Superwoman,” Lilly has good reason to claim such a name. The 28-year-old Indo-Canadian star and recent author of the book, “How to Be a Bawse,” has made a wildly successful career out of die-hard fan following.

Hasan Minhaj’s Top 10 Moments at the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

“You know you’re news, right? Come on! But every time I watch CNN, it feels like you’re assigning me homework. ‘Is Trump a Russian spy? I don’t know, you tell me! Tweet us @AC360.’ No, you tell me! I’m watching the news!”

Here’s How to Double Up Your Summer Look with Denim on Denim

Denim on Denim, also known as Double Denim, is a trend that has been around for decades.

South Asian Women are Making an Everlasting Mark in the Pageant World, and Chhavi Verg Shows us How

Verg’s 1st runner-up placement in the pageant was a historical first and I’m sure she had all the Brown Girls supporting her across the nation. I know I was one of them.

Combating Eurocentric Beauty Ideals: A Commentary on Kendall Jenner on Vogue India

It is outrageous that Vogue India would select Jenner to represent their magazine in honor of their 10th anniversary.

Looking for Your Next Dream Outfit? Ethnic Thread is Here to Help

Ethnic Thread is mobile app for women to exchange ethnic fashion—they can sell, rent, or exchange with anyone who is interested in South Asian fashion, in the community.

9 Of The Funniest Things You’ll Only See In India.

Here’s a picture list of everything odd you’ll probably see, only in India

Looking For Marriage? These Matrimonial Ads Will Tell You Exactly What NOT To Do.

Here’s presenting to you some of the craziest matrimonial ads we’ve seen in a while—really, what were people thinking before they put these up?!

You’ve Said ‘Yes’—Now it’s Time For Engagement Party Planning

After that proposal high, it will soon be time to start engagement party planning.

Brides Can Drip in Jewels for Less, Thanks to Rent it Rani

I sincerely wish that I had known about Rent it Rani when I was a bride-to-be because it is a high-end jewelry rental service that ships anywhere in the continental United States.

6 Things Every Brown Girl Does When She’s Bored

Us Brown Girls know that there are other things that we LOVE to do when we’re bored. And the best part—we’re not even going to deny it!

Balling On A Budget? Here’s An Outfit Under $50!

I came to a compromise with myself and started the ‘Outfit Under $50 Challenge’ to keep myself just a bit more disciplined.

VGo Expands the Horizons of Bollywood Fusion with ‘EXPANSE’

Following rave reviews and warm reception from the desi dance network in North America, VGo is back with a vengeance and ready to release yet another EP entitled “EXPANSE.”

Priyanka Chopra on ‘Baywatch’ and the Importance of South Asian representation

We recently spoke with Chopra about her portrayal of Victoria Leeds in “Baywatch” as well as how she chooses powerful roles that stand out.

Priyanka Chopra Dazzles in Otherwise Mediocre ‘Baywatch’

There is exactly one reason I wanted to watch the upcoming film “Baywatch”: Priyanka Chopra. If this is your reason too, you won’t be disappointed.

Shah Rukh Khan Teaches Self Love and Positivity During his New TED Talk

by Jessie Brar – Follow @jessieebrar The Baadshah of Bollywood and King of Romance,…

We Can’t Get Enough of A Capella Group Chai Town’s New Album ‘Spectrum’

by Anjali Bhakta – Follow @anjaliib  After three years of waiting (and secretly…

New York Indian Film Festival Premieres with ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ and ‘Mostly Sunny’

by Sneha Goud – Follow @Sneha_Goud “Lipstick Under My Burkha” The 17th…

5 Girls React to Abuse in Different Ways in New Music Video

The song puts a spotlight on the emotional and physical distress of sexual assault survivors.

Sonakshi Sinha Brings New Energy to ‘Noor’

Sonakshi Sinha has always been a good actress. But now, we know Sinha is capable of versatility.

Jemar Michael’s Talks ‘Dear White People’

I slid into Jemar Michael’s DM’s about “Dear White People” a series that released on Netflix, based off the indie film “Dear White People” by Justin Siemiens.

Lilly Singh’s ‘How to be a Bawse’ is a New Take on Self-Help Worth Reading

Better known by her nom de plume, “Superwoman,” Lilly has good reason to claim such a name. The 28-year-old Indo-Canadian star and recent author of the book, “How to Be a Bawse,” has made a wildly successful career out of die-hard fan following.

The Vicious Cycle: How My Productivity Became My Identity

While other kids were just carefree and couldn’t care less about the number of awards they won, I would be at home almost heartbroken that I didn’t win more awards than certain people. While other kids were having fun, my mind would be burdened with how to work harder to get the most awards and the best grades the next year.

Mexican Pizzas and Cheese Fries: Why I Strive to be a Relatable Fitness Instructor

Before I even start, I want to set a disclaimer. Every single fitness instructor does things differently and all are correct in their own way. While some strive to be healthy in each and every conscious decision they make, others let loose once in awhile.

They All Tell Me That I am Crazy

“You are crazy.”

No, I am not. I’m just scared that I will lose the people I care about the most. I’m just terrified that the people who I need the most right now will turn their backs because I am too much work.

Help! The Pressure to Marry and Have Kids is Destroying Us

For whatever reason – biological, financial, psychological – some of us have not been lucky enough to turn our own dreams into a reality yet, if ever. Unfortunately, insensitive relatives and even friends often overlook our circumstances and fail to show compassion.

Who Said Indian Food Can’t be Healthy? 5 Quick Fusion Foods for On-the-Go Millenials

While on the go, it is sometimes tough to find healthy, tasty snacks that are inexpensive, rich, yet light. In addition, most people consider Indian food the opposite of the above—heavy, unhealthy, and difficult to eat quickly.

It’s No Secret: Social Anxiety in South Asian University Communities is Real

When you have social anxiety, it’s very hard to make friends, let alone long-term friends.

7 Ways to Get Healthier This World Health Day

April 7th marks World Health Day! Here are seven different ways you can incorporate healthy habits into your everyday life.

5 Quick 1-Minute Workouts to do While you Make Dinner

Life is hectic and it can be difficult getting to the gym every day. More often than not, by the time you get home from a day of classes, work, or anything in between, you’re reaching for a snack, brewing a cup of hot

Despite My Anxiety and Depression, I Guess I’m Okay

I guess I’m okay. Well, really, I’m not…but I think I am.

On the outside, I smile. I’m obnoxious. On the inside, I cry. I’m anxious. On the outside, I look like a success. On the inside, I’m a

Finally, a Week-Long Fitness Challenge We Can Do

With all this ‘get ready for your spring break bod’ stuff going on, I wanted to throw in my own fitness challenge. But this one is different because this one is doable for us normal people to accomplish.

Finding the Beauty in Your Live-In Relationship

The underrated concept of live-in relationships has made love an autonomous process, letting it take its responsibility in its own hands. It has made it a spontaneous process now. Love previously needed a time slot to be separately kept aside but now she is always around, humming in the kitchen or decorating the front porch, being a part of you by just being in your sight.

Menstrual Hygiene Day Diaries: Period Week, A Memoir

Happy Menstrual Hygiene Day! With the support of over 270 global partners, including the founding NGO WASH United, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the United Nations Children’s Fund, MH Day is annually celebrated on May 28th.

#TherapyTalk: I Stopped Making Excuses and Discovered I Wasn’t Alone

by Komal Kazim – Follow @kazimlikechasm When I mentioned it to my friend,…

Priyanka Chopra on ‘Baywatch’ and the Importance of South Asian representation

We recently spoke with Chopra about her portrayal of Victoria Leeds in “Baywatch” as well as how she chooses powerful roles that stand out.

It’s Not a Dirty Secret: 7 Truths About Mental Health

You’ve got a mind, so you’ve got mental health! Mental health can be good, bad or somewhere in the middle. Mental health is not defined by the absence of mental illness, just like health is not defined by the

Here’s What White Privilege Looks Like in Publishing

Erroneously, I had assumed that this type of rejection was part of the writer’s life. It was only when I read the article Writers Shouldn’t Romanticize Rejection in “The Atlantic Monthly” that I realized the gargantuan hurdle ethnic writers faced when pitching to a publishing industry that was predominantly caucasian.

#TherapyTalk: Therapy is My Bandage

Growing up, I had been conditioned to believe that therapy was for the weak, for “messed up people.” I had always been told there are no reasons for me to be sad because I was given everything any child could ever want. While it was certainly true that my parents worked very hard to give me a certain quality life, complete with all the

#TherapyTalk: Learning to Have Faith in Myself Again

I knew there was something off about my mentality and thinking right before I descended into my three-year struggle with depression and anxiety. The people around me also knew because my personality and actions were off from how I am normally.

#TherapyTalk: How to Talk About Feelings When You’ve Been Told Not To

Growing up in my Punjabi household, my grandparents made sure that children didn’t speak unless when spoken to. If I was acting happy, I would be told to shut up. If I was crying, I would be told to go to my room.

Why The South Asian Perception of Mental Illness Needs to Stop

When we take a look at a South Asian family and their placement within the stages of acceptance, it is hard not to notice that many still remain deep within the first stage — denial.